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Observation Deck
February 03, 2014 Posted by
Observation Deck is a monthly newsletter published by the SVB Asset Management team. In this February 2014 issue our headline commentary, What Investors Can Expect in 2014, covers what to anticipate from the Fed in the year ahead with the confirmation of Janet Yellen as the new head of the central bank.
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Observation Deck
January 03, 2014 Posted by
There is an old saying in the trading world, "sell on the rumor and buy on the news." This quote fits perfectly with how the bond market reacted to events in 2013. The year began with hopes of a "Great Rotation," in which investors would sell bonds and invest in riskier assets such as equities, which prompted speculation that yields would increase. Despite vastly improved economic fundamentals in the U.S., bonds remained well-bid as the Fed made no indication that it would tighten in the near future. This is not to say that there wasn't any volatility in the bond market.
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Capital Access; Technology
December 16, 2013 Posted by
Cloud computing companies that have developed business models based on recurring revenue streams continue to attract attention in the press and the investment community.
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Observation Deck
December 02, 2013 Posted by

One of the most relevant metrics this past year has been the unemployment rate. The driving force behind the focus on the unemployment rate has been the slow road to recovery post the financial crisis in which the U.S. lost over 8 million jobs, as well as the Federal Reserve announcement that it is targeting an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent before raising interest rates. Since that target was announced the unemployment rate has garnered a lot of attention.

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Technology
November 12, 2013 Posted by
This week I had the opportunity to interview and introduce three more amazing CEOs to a few of our clients in San Diego, Dallas and Seattle as part of our 30 for 30 CEO events this year. We hosted Dr. Paul Jacobs, the CEO of Qualcomm, Spencer Radcoff, the CEO of Zillow and T.Boone Pickens, who really needs no introduction.
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Advisories; Observation Deck
October 01, 2013 Posted by
At the September Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, which was regarded as the most highly anticipated meeting of the year, officials jolted markets with the announcement of no tapering of bond purchases at this time. In the headline commentary of Observation Deck, "Summer of Volatility," portfolio manager Renuka Kumar discusses how recent bond market volatility has been driven by the Fed and monetary policy.
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Capital Access; Technology; Venture Capital; U.S.
September 12, 2013 Posted by
We've had a front row seat to the exciting pace of growth in the innovation sector in and around New York City for more than a dozen years. Working with some of the most exciting sectors, companies and their investors in business today, we’re thrilled to play a role in strengthening the environment for dynamic, innovative companies in New York – and we see it paying off.
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Observation Deck
September 03, 2013 Posted by
Financial yields have rallied substantially since the credit crisis of 2008–2009. According to Barclay’s indices, the differential between intermediate industrial and financial sectors bond spreads has tightened significantly, with a mere 11 bps differential as of the end August 2013.
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Startups; Technology
August 26, 2013 Posted by

The Silicon Valley Bank network, extended through the teams in our local offices around the country, is making it possible for me to sit down with client CEOs and some fascinating guest speakers as part of our 30 for 30 CEO events* this year. Last week I had the opportunity to speak with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CIO Brenna Berman of the City of Chicago, and meet about two dozen CEOs from the Chicago area.

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